Funding Opportunities

South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship

Student on graduation day in front of the Old CollegeThe Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University is proud to be a founding partner of the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP see: for further information). Along with seven other universities – Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Reading and Southampton – we deliver fully-funded, gold standard Doctoral training. SWW DTP is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and has been awarded £14.2 million with which to fund PhD studentships. If you are interested in applying for AHRC funding via the SWW DTP we strongly recommend that you contact the Department in the first instance:


AberDoc PhD Scholarship Competition

Aberystwyth International Scholarships (AIS)

These prestigious scholarships, funded by the University, are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and the preparedness of the applicant to undertake research at doctoral level. The AberDoc scholarship and the AIS offer excellent opportunities for applicants who are committed to undertaking a programme of research at Aberystwyth. The level of funding varies depending upon individual circumstances but it is usual that successful applicants will receive a grant sufficient to cover tuition fees and, for those eligible, some maintenance costs. For further details, eligibility criteria and deadlines, please consult:


Departmental PG Studentships

The postgraduate studentships are open to all students - Home/EU and International - who are planning to study at either MA- or PhD-level in the Department. The awards - equivalent to home/EU full fees for all schemes - are open to applicants in all areas of literary studies and creative writing.  There is no separate application form for these studentships. In order to be considered for these awards, you must have been offered a place on the MA or PhD schemes by 1 August. 


Departmental MA Prizes

Departmental prizes will be awarded to two outstanding MA applicants at the beginning of the academic year.  Students who have accepted places on the MA in Literary Studies and the MA in Creative Writing are eligible to apply for: 

  • the R S Thomas Prize (£1000)
  • the Sarah Hall Prize (£1000)

Deadline for receipt of applications: 1 August. (No separate application form is necessary.)


Small Discretional Grants

The Department is usually able to assist PhD Research students with a small annual travel and conference grant, as well as some support with the expense of Inter-Library Loans. Further details can be obtained from the Department PG Administrator, Mrs Julie Roberts:


British Council (International students only)

International students are strongly encouraged to approach the British Council in their home countries at the earliest date possible to enquire about assistance. The British Council administers a number of awards for the British Government, international organisations and multinational corporations. In addition, most British Council offices will have a library of resources that you can use to find out about independent charities and trusts that may have scholarships to award in your chosen field of study. For further information, please visit


Postgraduate Loan Scheme

For the academic year 2016/17, applicants for taught and research Masters degrees who normally reside in England will be able to apply for student loans worth up to £10,000 to support tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses. Loans will be available at any university with degree awarding powers in the UK (including Aberystwyth University). For further information on this option, please consult


Please note that these options are just a selection of sources. For further up-to-date information on funding options, please visit We ask that you contact the department when considering to apply for any funding schemes so we can assist you in any way possible.